US: General John Campbell, the commander of the outgoing US forces in Afghanistan, has stated that the three Mi-35 multi-role helicopter donated by India to Afghanistan would help in countering the Taliban forces. At the same time, the Afghan security agencies have been requesting for intensifying close-air support.
The General, in response to a question, said that the Taliban has been taking advantage of the reduction of coalition air support. He also indicated that in a case of deterioration in the security situation in Afghanistan, the US army would extend their stay on the ground.
“A couple years ago (there were), 150 attack helicopters, two squadrons of Air Force, and (when) we started resolute support, they were down to five Mi-35s. They have zero at the end of the fighting season,” the general said.